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Wigan school is on the road to Wembley after winning national writing competition
Tuesday 9th May, 2017

A Wigan school has won tickets to see Manchester City take on Birmingham City at the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final after winning a national writing competition from the Football Association and the National Literacy Trust.

The FA Writing Challenges competition asked students to write speeches, poems and newspaper articles to help motivate the teams taking part in the SSE Women’s FA Cup tournament. The winning work will be displayed around Wembley Stadium during the final.

Tilly Hoyle, a Year 7 student at Byrchall High School in Wigan, had her work chosen out of over 100 entries for the competition. The entire class will be attending the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday 13 May, with Tilly’s winning work being displayed around the stadium throughout the day. The names of the students of the class will also appear on the LED ribbons inside the stadium during the game.

Cath Silcock, Literacy Co-ordinator at Byrchall High School, said: “We’re delighted that our student Tilly’s work has been chosen by the FA and National Literacy Trust as a winner of the FA Writing Challenges competition. The entire class is really excited to attend the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley – we can’t wait to see Tilly’s writing displayed at the stadium! The whole school is very proud of Tilly's success and we are also very proud of the enthusiasm and creativity which all the other Year 7 students showed in their entries for the competition.”

FA Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, said: "It has been great to see such imagination and creativity from all of the students that have taken part and no doubt they’ll have a fantastic day at The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday 13 May.”

Tim Judge, Senior Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We have a long history of using students’ love of football to help improve their reading and writing skills. The quality of entries to the competition has been extremely high, demonstrating the power of football to inspire students’ writing. We’re delighted that students from Byrchall High School will see their hard work given star billing at the match!”

Following the success of the FA Writing Challenges, the FA and the National Literacy Trust are launching a toolkit of reading resources for teachers centred around the UEFA European Women’s Championships, which are taking place this July in Holland.

Featuring fun football-themed activities for students, the toolkit will include an exciting episodic football story by top author Tom Palmer. To find out more about the toolkit and to be notified when it’s live, visit: www.literacytrust.org.uk/sport-and-literacy/football-and-literacy/the-fa-literacy-resources.

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